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Richard Fraser

Early life After graduating from Sedbergh School as Richard Mackie Simpson, Richard's mother Margaret Kyd Mackie divorced and his name was shortened to Richard Mackie. After attending Cambridge University, Richard Mackie studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Having Spent time as a London stage actor, Richard emigrated to the USA and in New York married Louise Christine Sheldon, the couple then moved to Hollywood before the Second World War. Discovering that there was already a Richard Mackie acting in the US he adopted the stage name Richard Fraser. He then signed a contract with 20th Century Fox and appeared in numerous films. Career His American film career reached its peak with his performance as James Vane, the vengeful brother of Sibyl Vane in the film The Picture of Dorian Gray. Richard retired from acting in 1949, returning to Britain in 1961 with his then-wife, US actress Ann Gillis, spending his most of his last decade working for the BBC in export sales. Private life Richard married Louise Christine Sheldon in 1938 and had a daughter by her (Melinda Mackie 1940-2012), they divorced in 1944. Richard then married actress Ann Gillis in 1952, and had a son by her (Gordon Hamilton Mackie Fraser 1958- ). After retiring from acting in 1949 Richard and Ann lived in Britain in the 1960s, Richard as a businessman in which, among other things, he worked for the BBC in export sales selling Dr. Who around the world, as Ann continued her acting career (2 Episodes of "The Saint" and a small part in 2001 A Space Odyssey). The two divorced in 1970 and Richard married Edna Martin in summer 1971, he died in January 1972 of cancer.

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Mar 15, 1913 In Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Ghost Goes West 1935-12-17
Latest Project:
Series The Gentle Touch 1980-04-11
Known For
Poster of Robert Montgomery Presents
Poster of Suspense
Poster of The Philco Television Playhouse
Poster of The Lone Wolf in London
Series The Gentle Touch Unknown 1980-04-11
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie The Cobra Strikes Michael Kent 1948-04-24
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie Rogues' Regiment Rycroft 1948-12-28
Movie The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Philippe de Cantel 1947-04-25
Movie The Lone Wolf in London David Woolerton 1947-11-13
Movie Blackmail Antoine Le Blanc 1947-07-24
Movie Bedlam The Stonemason 1946-05-10
Movie The Undercover Woman Gregory Vixon 1946-01-01
Movie Blonde for a Day Dillingham 'Dilly' Smith 1946-06-10
Movie The Fatal Witness Inspector William 'Bill' Trent 1945-09-15
Movie The Picture of Dorian Gray James Vane 1945-03-01
Movie Scotland Yard Investigator Robert Cartwright 1945-09-30
Movie White Pongo Geoffrey Bishop 1945-11-02
Movie Shadow Of Terror Jim, aka Howard Norton 1945-10-04
Movie The Tiger Woman Stephen Mason 1945-11-16
Movie The Gorilla Man Lieutenant Walter Sibley 1943-01-14
Movie Truck Busters Limey 1943-01-28
Movie Edge of Darkness Pastor Aalesen 1943-04-09
Movie Thumbs Up Douglas Heath 1943-07-05
Movie Joan of Paris Geoffrey 1942-01-20
Movie Busses Roar Dick Remick 1942-08-18
Movie Eagle Squadron Lt. Jefferys 1942-06-16
Movie Man Hunt 1941-06-13
Movie A Yank in the R.A.F. Thorndyke 1941-09-26
Movie How Green Was My Valley Davy 1941-10-28
Movie The Ghost Goes West Son of McLaggen 1935-12-17